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boys and girls, don't ever forget this one. don't ever give up. you'll never know if you move done with the mavericks did in motorcycle june 2, 2011. that's it for us. "last word with lawrence o'donnell" starts right now. good evening. i'm thomas roberts in tonight for lawrence o'donnell. president obama and speaker john boehner will play golf today on saturday, june 18th, will bipartisan get a mulligan especially after today's dismal jobs report? >> just when we thought the country was pulling out of this economic recession -- >> the big story today not working. >> only 54,000 jobs were created last month. >> neither party should see in this wall street is on our side. they are not. >> jobs go down and the chatter goes up. the politics of unemployment loom over 2012. >> the economy it looks like it's in a stall. >> running out of months in order to turn that unemployment
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number around. >> we're serious about creating jobs in america. we can't raise taxes on the very people who create jobs. >> we've not had a single piece of legislation to come to the floor since january dealing with jobs. and that's what the american people are interested in us doing is producing jobs. >> the president takes to the road to highlight economic success. >> these numbers are a reminder that even though we're going in the right direction, we've got to get there faster and do more. >> this industry is back on its feet, repaying debts, gaining its ground. there are always bumps on the road to recovery. >> john edwards could have been president. instead he's indicted. >> conspiracy, receiving illegal campaign contributions and making falls statements while covering up his affair during the 2008 campaign. >> this is an unprecedented prosecution. i did not break the law. >> the government say there's a first time for everything. and they believe that this fits. >> it's yet another huge
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embarrassment for a man who suffered so many huge embarrassmen embarrassments. >> sarah palin's family vacation ends. >> on mitt romney's big announcement day the lead story in the newscast was sarah palin's here. she scotched on mitt romney's big day. >> at some point does he have to stand up to palin? >> we'll talk to two of the journalists who went along for the ride. >> this is a bus that bret mike else said quote, was a big much. >> check out the rest of the late night funnies. >> he who warned the british by taking away our arms by ringing the bells making sure he's riding his horse through town. >> that was serious. these are the funnies. won't you help sarah palin learn the base you can facts about u.s. history for just pennies day. good evening from new york. here is some free advice for republican presidential candidate putting out a press release to slam president obama
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on the jobs numbers. make sure you get numbers in right. may's jobs shows 38,000 private jobs were created. her main cain did a flip-flop it wasn't 38,000, it was 83,000 in the private sectored aed 83,000 jobs last month. the 15th straight month of job growth. it's not as good as the stellar jobs report that came out in april when the private sectored aed a whopping 268,000 jobs. it's still positive especially if one of those 83,000 new jobs is your own. nonetheless, the jobs report was met with a predictable response from republicans. >> this president continues to give speeches as if he is there for the middle class and the small businesses. but somehow the rhetoric falls short because the actions have seemed to hinder job growth and entrepreneurial activity. >> majority ledder eric canter was at the podium in washington
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talking in broad strokes about entrepreneurial activity. president obama was in toledo, ohio, giving one of those speeches to middle class people. auto workers the customer base for a lot of small businesses. >> this is a economic rock of the community. you depend on it and so do thousands of americans. the rangeler you build here directly supports 3,000 other jobs. with parts manufactured all across america. doors from michigan, axles from kentucky, tires from tennessee, and this plant indirectly supports hundreds of other jobs right here in toledo. after all without you, who'd eat at chets or rudies. or who'd buy all those cold ones at zincers. what would life be like here in toledo if you didn't make these cars? >> on the factory floor of a chrysler plant in a room full of
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workers who lived on the brink of becoming part of the unemployment statistic many a job's report, the president recalled the fierce debate in washington over whether or not to help the american auto industry. >> on the year before i took office this industry lost more than 400,000 jobs. in the span of a few months one in five american auto workers got a pink slip. and two great american companies chrysler and gm stood on the brink of liquid dags. -- liquiduation. we could have done what a lot of folks in washington thought we should do and that's nothing. >> these auto makers need help, but they need to help themselves. they can attract private capital. >> it's not just that washington can begin to throw money at anything and everything and expect things to turn out okay. >> the right process for an enterprise in trouble is not to be given free money from the tax
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payers with a bailout. >> i placed my bet on you. i put my faith in the american worker. i'll tell you what i'm going to do that every day of the week because what you've done vindicates my faith. today all three auto workers are turng a profit. that hasn't happened since 2004. today all three american auto makers are gaining market share that hasn't happened since 1995. and today i'm proud to announce the government has been completely repaid for the investments we made under my watch by chrysler because of the outstanding work that you guys do. >> joining me now senior political editor for the huffington post. howard fineman. and john heilman national affairs editor of "new york magazine." howard, i want to start with
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you. today's events at the chrysler plant felt personal even emotional. how much risk did the president make when he took to decision to have the back of the auto industry and go ahead with this educated gamble of a bailout? >> i think he took a big risk. i think he's entitled to feel vindicated and thankful as he was today in toledo. the problem that he had is other parts of the american economy aren't coming back the way the workers in toledo helped jeep and wrangler do specifically the housing industry. that's what's dragging things down and in a private meeting this week with democrats, the president himself said the housing situation is what could drag this economy back down into the ground. that's the banks, that's the mortgage forecollie sure system. >> right. >> that's the failed programs of the government trying to help that out. that's the real story. unfortunately not the auto industry. >> how much of an impact is the auto success story going to have
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in 2012? if unemployment is still so high? >> well, it could have a pretty big effect, thomas in a bunch of important states. you think about the manufacturing base of the country. so many of them, not just the auto companies but all the companies that serve is auto companies in places likemy m, ohio, indiana, illinois, those are huge ball ground states for the president. those are place where is the kmis would have been much, much worse off now had the auto industry not been able to recover in the way it's been able to recover. that said, look, 3 the unemployment rate is still over % a year from now, i just don't see there's any way in which the president is not going to be in substantial political trouble. >> howard, do you agree with that how it's going to play out in the rust belt? >> i think the rust belt's up for grabs. if the president hadn't succeeded in this. if the workers hadn't succeeded. if the executives and car designers and marketers hadn't succeeded in the way they have
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with chrysler and gm and ford, then things would be at complete disaster in the rust belt. now the president has a fighting chance. but as i said, other parts of the economy, specifically housing prices, what's happened is in 19 of 20 of the biggest cities housing prices have continued to decline many, many millions of people are underwater on their mortgage. foreclosures are at a terrible rate. that makes people feel less well off and makes them fearful of the future and that drags the whole economy down. that's what the president's dealing with. it's housing more than autos at this point. >> personal security is a huge issue for most everybody in this country especially after the recession we've been through and trying to bounce back. i want to play you a sound bite from mitt romney at a town hall in new hampshire this afternoon. we'll talk on the other side. >> we elected barack obama. a guy we didn't know terribly well who didn't have a very
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extensive record. no experience in the private sector. no experience in leadership. no experience really in negotiations. and we said let's give this guy a chance because he was so well spoken and promised a lot of things we liked. now three years later into his fourth term, we don't have to just look at the promises. we can look at the record. the truth is that barack obama has failed america. i believe it's time to have someone who's actually had a job, do the job of getting jobs for the american people. >> howard, will president obama will able to get away with just talking about how bad the economy was when he came into office, or does he really have to defend what he's done to improve it? defend even extending the bush tax cuts which technically could be called the obama tax cuts now? >> i think -- >> i'm sorry, go ahead, john. >> go ahead. sorry. >> he's going to have to defend the record to some extent. but i think because of the continued difficulties of the economy, because as john heilman
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said we're probably going to have an unemployment rate at least 8%, no president has been elected in modern times with that kind of unemployment rate. >> right. >> what the president's going to have to say is he can't say it's morning in america which is what ronald regab said in 1984. but president obama is going to have to say it's going to be midnight in america again if the republicans come back. it's going to be a lot more fear about the return of the s than bragging about his successes so far. >> john, jump in there. i know you wanted to say something. >> look, mitt romney said a lot of things today. the extent when romney ran for president he tried to run as the most conservative guy in the room. the most conservative on social issues. the most conservative on foreign policy and the most conservative on exhibition. this time his focus is laser beam like in the sense that all he wants to talk about is the economy. what he said today was president obama owns this economy. i think there is some fundamental truth to that. >> right. >> there's no question that the
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bush economy was a huge challenge for president obama coming in. he had a huge hole to dig us out of. on the other hand, it is four years in. four years from now when people go into the polling places, they're going to be looking at this economy and judging it as the obama economy. how they feel about the economy is going to reflect what think think the president has done and they're not going to be thinking about george w. bush anymore. >> it's the what have you done for me lately attitude. rit romney has experience. yet the republicans are slow if at all to rally around him. so do you think the republicans have the discipline, john, to keep the campaign focused on the economy and not let it become about the devicive social value wars? also, i want both of you to speak to this in a second. do you think mitt romney needs to become more provocative to get that support. the republican support to rally about it? >> the answer to the first question is there's no doubt
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among the establishment candidates the big three in the republican field, mitt romney, tim pawlenty and assuming john huntsman gets in. all three of them are going to be extraordinarily tightly focused on the economy. that will be their goal is to relentlessly focus on the economy and not get caught up in social and cultural issues. the rest of the field maybe techted to drift into those areas. one of the big questions is going to be whether they can in fact stick to that discipline and be as focused on the economy as bill clinton was in 1992 for the democrats. >> howard, what do you think about mitt romney and what he needs to do to become a more provocative candidate? right now he's one of the only official candidates coming to this level with experience while the rest of the people are faking it on the sidelines. >> john and i both were in new hampshire yesterday where mitt romney officially kicked off his campaign.
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it was -- it was a nice picture, but it was dull, dull, dull. and i think two things. first of all, i think romney's being undervalued a little bit conventional wisdom. i think the drift of the issues is coming in his direction. he does have some legitimate business and management experience to discuss. the republicans at the grassroots also want a fighter who's going to really take it to barack obama. you can't overstate how much the republican grassroots dislikes barack obama. and i think for mitt romney to have a real solid chance here, he's not only got to be in the right place to get the momentum from the issue, which is the economy. he's got to show he's a tough campaigner, a lively cam paper and a fighter. you know barack obama knows how to run a good campaign. i think that's the other thing based on people we talked to in new hampshire that they're going to be looking for. i don't think romney has figured out how to do that yet. >> gentlemen, thanks so much. great to see both of you
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tonight. thanks again. coming up, john edwards says he's been done wrong, but not this particular wrong. we talk about the indictment he faced today. and listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of paul revere. not if you're listening to sarah palin's version. have you heard this? her distorted history coming up. vegas! now?! [ female announcer ] two hours to vegas. two hours to whiten. ♪ crest whitestrips two hour express.
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still to come tonight, there's a first time for everything. why the indictment of john edwards is unique and what the defense has to say about it. if you thought donald trump's method of eating pizza was savaged by the late night comedians, you should see what they said about sarah palin's bus. the friday nonies are coming up. [ male announcer ] to the 5:00 a.m. scholar.
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there's no question that i've done wrong. and i take full responsibility for having done wrong. and i will regret for the rest of my life the pain and the harm that i've caused to others. but i did not break the law. and i never ever thought i was breaking the law. thank you all very much. >> that was former democratic senator john edwards today after pleading not guilty to charges of violating federal election law by using campaign contributions to conceal an extramarital affair and child with a woman during his campaign for the 2008 democratic presidential nomination. the trial is going to focus on contributions by two wealthy donors of about $725,000 and $200,000 that helped pay the way
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for travel and accommodation expenses necessary to keep hunter from heed ya attention. the biggest question is did edwards cover up his afather for campaign purposes? the justice department argues he did. and that money is therefore subject to federal campaign finance laws that say no individual may donate more than $2300. the indictment reads in part, edwards knew that public revelation of the affair and pregnancy would destroy his candidacy by among other things undermining edwards' presentation of himself as a family man. the edwards' legal team insists that money was used for personal purposes to conceal the affair from his wife and is not subject to the campaign laws. a former fec commissioner who was his campaign council supports that claim reading, it is my view that these payments would not be considered to be campaign contributions or campaign expenditures within the meaning of the campaign finance
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laws. if convictsed however, edwards faces up to 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines. joining me now nbc news national investigative correspondent michael isikoff. when we go through this, what do you make of the john edwards' statement after reading the indictment? >> i've got to say it's not the strongest kind of statement you want to make if you're going to be a deft in a criminal trial. you did wrong, but you never thought you were breaking the law. a few people who get charged are willing to admit thr breaking the law. that being said it is an interesting case. it is a novel case. the moneys at issue did not go into the edwards' campaign. they went from two wealthy donors who had krished to the edwards' campaign. in this case they were giving the money to others through a
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lot of subtremendous fuj in some cases. ultimately for the purpose and care of upkeep of hunter, edwards' mistress who was pregnant with his child and it came during the time that he was running for president. in fact, if you look at the indictment it's pretty striking. some of those big payments for flying hunter around the country, putting her up in luxury hotels came in december and january while he's campaigning during the iowa caucus. and the justice department's argument is clearly if those had been made public at the time they would have blown up the campaign, destroyed his candidacy and so therefore they were in effect campaign contributions even though they never went into his campaign committee. >> right. nbc news, can confirm tonight that a plea deal and negotiations they broke down over terms of a prison sentence. how willing was the edwards team to take this to trial in light of the fact that everyone was trying to say, okay, we'll give
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you this deal, but there has to be jail time involved? >> look, i don't think they wanted to go to trial. i think it's clear they don't want to. the facts are pretty damning. they're pretty ugly. you take them before a jury and you lay out what john edwards did. you lay out the lies he was telling publicly and at the same time soliciting 96-year-old bunny mellon to make these payment for the the care and upkeep of ree yell hunter. that's not something you want to present to a jury. they were interested in a plea deal. there were i am told some pretty intense negotiations. they were very close. but at the end of the day, john edwards was not willing to go to prison over this. so the negotiations broke down, that's why he was indicted today. >> you bring up bunny mellon. the justice department includes a note on one of the donors that is rachel bunny mellon sent to edwards' former campaign aide after the media reported that
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edwards' received a $400 haircut in. this note it reads all haircuts that are necessary and important for his campaign, please send the bills to me. it is a way to help our friend without government restrictions. explain to all of us why this could be a linchpin to the justice department's case. >> that's the closest thing to a smoking gun in this case. it clearly shows bunny michelle lon's state of mind about what she maugt they was going doing here. she's clearly saying anything for the campaign, important for the campaign, please send it to me and we can work around these government restrictions about disclosure and how much. that's clearly right after that note is sent is when john edwards and his personal aide andy young hit her up, solicit her to start making big payments for hunter. it's a pretty damning note. >> and last but not least, edwards' lead attorney greg
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craig was white house counsel under president obama. explain why this may add a different level of, i guess intrigue to what's going to be going on behind the scenes with this? >> look, greg craig is a long time washington lawyer. a top flight lawyer. but he had some political baggage in this case. being president obama's white house counsel for the first year of the obama presidency. and here john edwards in what was probably not his smartest move, he's made a lot of dumb moves, i think this one's got to be added to it, hiring an obama insider to go lobby the obama applicantical appointees and eric holder's justice department to block the indictment torque overturn the religious of the u.s. attorney's office and the career prosecutors in the public intity center. gave holder no political cover to step in. had they done so, had they
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quashed the indictment, this could have been a political scandal seen as a political scandal much like the u.s. attorneys scandal that sabotaged the bush justice department. eric holder and lany brewer the head of the criminal division would have been forced to come up to capitol hill and explain why they intervened at the behest of the political importunings of greg craig. it gave them no political cover. the holder justice department said we're not going to touch this with a ten foot pole. >> how fast is this going to move? >> it will take a while. there will be a lot of legal arguments and motions back and forth. but at the end of the day, john edwards looks like he's going to go to trial. it's not -- it's going to be quite a circus when he does. >> msnbc's michael isikoff. thanks so much. >> coming up the family side of
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the edwards indictment. a long time friend of elizabeth and john edwards gives this a look at what this could mean for their children. plus the journalists who spent their week on sarah palin's family vacation. that's coming up. one who can stay in sync with their moves. my job at ge capital is to get bobcat all the financial and business support they need. we provide financing for every bobcat dealer in north america. together, we've rolled out over 100,000 machines to small businesses all over the country so they too can grow. ♪ ge capital. we're there for bobcat every step of the way. ♪ i thought it was over here... ♪ [car horn honks] our outback always gets us there...
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when breast cancer took elizabeth edwards' life just six months ago, she left behind three children ages 28, 12, the youngest 10. john edwards became the primary caretaker for the younger
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children. today the grand jury indicted him on six counts of violating campaign finance laws during the 2008 shl campaign. edwards could now face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. joining me tonight a friend to both john and elizabeth. and god father to edwards' youngest son, jack. glen, it's nice to have you here tonight. i want to find out first and foremost which is the impact of the indictment on the edwards' family at this point? they had to have the hindsight that this was coming down at them. >> i guess so. you're talking about young kids. and young kids have things to do. emma's going to camp. jack's finishing up the basketball season. john's doing the best he can to make sure in the face of one unbelievable set back after another that the kids still have a childhood. >> we understand with emma and jack 12 and 10 sure he wants to protect them from this.
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his older daughter kate was standing behind him at this press conference today. how have you observed kate's family role change since the passing of elizabeth? >> kate's got to do a lot of what elizabeth was doing and help john to raise her bror and sister. it's been to a big cost at her career. i was there at christmas. she's out of law school just a couple of years. it's probably from just a career point of view not the best time to be doing it. she's doing what you do in a family. >> has her relationship with john been a rollerer of late? >> no. i don't think so. kate stands behind her father and loves her father. >> when we talk about and see john edwards on the baseball field and seeing him with the kids and doing the things that most parents are doing with their kids throughout the year, how has it been for him taking to this role as a single parent? >> well, i mean john was an involved parent before this obviously when he was running
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for president less so. for a long time he hasn't been running for president. he's been getting the juice box and bringing them for the team and doing the things that parents do. and now that single parents do. he's had to have a lot of very serious grown up discussions with these kids because the indictment is just the latest of you know, so many difficult things that they've -- these kids have had to learn. >> the other child that we're not talking about is quinn the child he shares are rielle hunter. what is the relationship with rielle and his other daughter. >> i don't know about his relationship with rielle, i do know he goes to see his daughter regularly from what i can tell. tries to be a good father there, too. and do the right thing by quinn as well as his children with elizabeth. >> glenn, you've been a friend of elizabeth and john's since law school. from a personal position, are you angered to see that this family has been put in this position? >> yes. i was angry tonight listening to this build up.
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the $400 haircut. that is the worst haircut many the history of haircuts. i am so tired of hearing about that. to hear from a respected reporter that that's the smoking gun of a case, it makes me think that the case i know we're not on on the cable tv channel to use a swear word. this is if that's the smoking gun thrk is a case that shouldn't have been brought. enough's happened already. john's doing the best he can to raise these kids. this the a political act. maybe it's support and fun for some people. it isn't for the family. i think this is a disgrace. >> but you don't think that that note sets a precedent for what bunny mellon knew she was giving money for a haircut or whether it be to shoo a pregnant mistress around a country. >> i've handled political corruption case. i'm a lawyer, too. i've handled judges who have been paid bribe money. and serious cases. this is about a $400 haircut.
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this is absolute nonsense. a novel theory to take a single dad who's lost his wife. who's lost the respect of virtually all of the country except his children to do this. i think it's a disgrace. i think it's -- that's the smoking gun is pathetic. and it's a political act. the person who's bringing this is a republican holdover who is the legislative assistant for the former republican most conservative republican senator from north carolina. and you know, that's why it was done. this is politics. this is not the law. >> you're a good friend to the edwards' family. thanks for joining us tonight. we appreciate your insight and your time. >> you're welcome. in new hampshire sarah palin stole the media spotlight away from actual presidential candidate mitt romney. that's coming up. earlier today palin rewrote revolutionary war history. we'll show you her version of the midnight ride of paul revere. you've got to hear it yourself.
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those people up there who are telling people that you can take this oto the brink because it gives them some leverage, they're going to own the responsibility. if you allow people to start to doubt whether the united states of america will meet its obligations, that would be catastrophic. >> that is treasury secretary tim geithner explaining why not raising the debt limit would be catastrophic. he say it's dangerous to play around with it. geithner has worked in monetary policy since getting his masters in international economics from johns hop kins in 1985. but sarah palin says he is wrong. here's how she describes geithner's warnings at last night's clam bake. >> what i believe are timothy geithner's falls statements to the american public that a catastrophe would befall us all if the debt ceiling isn't rate. >> palin says geithner are telling us things that are untrue. his warnings are overblown. while deciding whether or not to
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believe palin or geithner, listen to palin in boston explaining paul revere's famous midnight ride. >> he who warned the british that they weren't going to be taking away our arms by bring ringing those bells and making sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free. and we were going to be armed. >> all right. according to paulreverehouse.org which says paul revere sketly rode to lexington, massachusetts, to warn samuel adams and john hancock to british troops were marching to arrest him. they used lanterns. he didn't fire shots hchl stopped at houses to warn militia men or british troops. maybe if she got confused. if you're trying to decide between palin or geithner, here's steven colbert putting
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palin's version of george washington's life in context. >> after stopping at mount vernon palin wrote even piper was able to grass the cig cabs of being in the presence of our first president who had such diverse interests. when she told me later how hard he must have worked to keep that farm going. . it's true. i cannot imagine how hard he worked with no help other than his african volunteers. >> colbert can do a lot better. after all this is the week of wiener. could there be a more perfect news story for late night? the best of the week is still yet to come. your mouth. but did you know those same germs can build up and form a resilient layer called biofilm? biofilm germs are strong enough to survive daily brushing. thankfully, there's listerine® antiseptic. its triple-action formula goes deep to penetrate biofilm,
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here's the front page of the new hampshire paper. the huge headline, palin hits the seacoast. it's the biggest story on the front page. in the same news cycle mitt romney making that little announcement in new hampshire, he's running for president. that story merits a tiny mention on the same front page. all right. so the tour has plenty of rank and file republicans asking this question, just what was that all about? during her trip palin stopped in pennsylvania to see gettysburg and on to the liberty bell. the reaction from pennsylvania's republican party chairman was rather dismissive. he told applicanto, i don't think theater runs election. running for president is a very serious thing and you need to deal with it as such. i'm looking for party builders. and for the reporters covering palin theater is a good word. it's a nail biter. they speed, they run red lights and get off the highway sometimes without signaling. they did 70 miles per hour in a
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55 zone on i-95. and then after they got off without signaling, flew right past a flashing sign ib forming them they were going 45 in a 35 zone. on tuesday, the bus nearly hit a biker turning off pine street in philadelphia. palin herself is already on her way back to alaska by plane, not by bus. the reporters who lived through that tour are likely shopping for life insurance and renewing their wills for when the palin bus tour hits the road again. joining me now are two of the tailgaters. time magazine's washington correspondent and nbc news producer sean na thompson. it's good to have you both with me tonight. jay, you called this trip unique comparing to it "the amazing race." what's your overall take away? >> i think i was lucky i didn't have to do what seana had to do. i just made it through wednesday and then i got off the bus. at least off of the -- i don't know how you would call it the motorcade. there was no police escort.
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there was no sort of anything kpoept you're just following the bus. it was literally you felt like paparazzi. you were following like princess di or something. >> you didn't have the schedule. so you just had to to follow along and not know when the bus was getting off the highway or making a u turn or cutting people off? >> no. we were guessing. i remember one point we were coming up from philly, we nearly ran out of gas. we had to stop and pick up some gas. some reporters were following the bus and said we'll let you know where we go. we were trying to catch up. we were coming very close to new york city. and we were going over a bridge and they called to say we've turned and we missed the turn. so we're going over the bridge we see on the other bridge next to us literally half a mile away down the river there's the palin bus going by. no. stop. we missed them. we had to go all the way into new york and finally found them in jersey city. and then she was leaving to go
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see trumps. we had to turn around. the whole trip was like that. it was literally like playing cat and mouse. where's waldo. >> it's kind of -- she who cares the least has the most power. palin cared the least keeping everybody at bay guessing. shauna, this whole thing almost caught one a deadly situation in tornado. were you around for that? >> i was. i had been following her up from new york to boston with my co-worker alex mo. we actually made in one of those unplanned stops at a gas station and i think all the people who were following her, all the other journalists were so happy we had made this stop. we needed to use the restroom. we had no idea where we were necessarily going. we stayed there for about 20, 30 minutes. she passed out pocket constitutions. we got back on the road towards boston and realized as the bus slowed down and everybody slowed down that we were going directly through the path of where a tornado had just come.
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you could see flattened out trees on one side. flattened out trees on the other. alex and i made an executive decision that we needed to cover that and peeled off. "the times of london" guys were great and part of the team of reporters who were trying to stay with palin stayed with her and helps us find our way back to palin later on in boston. that's sort of what it took was all of us kind of working together and hearing snippets of conversation and rumors and just deciding, okay, so we think this is next, but you've got to stay with that bus. >> jay, i love this. it was your photographer who was told by piper palin thanks for ruining our vacation. palin wouldn't call this is vacation. but couldn't call it a media tour either. little piper saying thanks for ruining our vacation. >> piper wasn't the only one. willow said to me when we caught up to them the morning of i guess tuesday morning when we went to gettysburg. there are dozens of supporters all the press and the bus was pulled up to to the hotel.
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everyone's waiting for her to come out. instead she takes one look at the crowd and ducks out in a couple of suvs to go towards gettysburg. all the reporters rushed to their cars and they find out she's gone. there's a dozen cars speeding to try to find her. when we found her, willow turns to me and goes, thanks for ruining our day. you felt bad for them. for them is a a family vacation this is time together on the bus with their grandparents, their parents were there. her god daughter, sarah palin's god daughter was with them in pennsylvania and her family. yet, you know, you've got this awkward situation where she's dressed up like a candidate. she's got the little american flag and israeli flag lapel pin on her. and she's got perfect tv ready makeup on. the rest of the family is in flip-flop and they're doing the sightseeing thing. >> right. i want to turn to politics real quickly. you've written about the fact that this is more than a photo
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op. do you think that there is more substance to this than being a photo op? is this testing the waters of a presidential run? >> certainly the timing was suspicious. june 1st when they announced this tour it was a week before the filing deadline for the federal election commission and so and everything that she did on twitter, on facebook, the side of the bus had her pac's website on it. she was blogging on her pac's website saying please contribute as much as you can. so clearly fundraising strength was an important aspect of the trip. and it also was about media momentum. getting her name back into the news. she's had kind of a low profile. other candidates have taken center stage. it was about taking back the momentum. taking back the dialogue. stepped all over mitt romney's announcement in new hampshire. i don't think that was accidental. >> were there reality tv cameras out there on the fray? >> i didn't see reality tv. i did see some daily show cameras who had joined in.
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one thing really quick is she made those historical stops. when she got to new hampshire she was acting like a candidate. we didn't go to historic stops. we went to a fishery for her to talk fishing issues to new hampshire fishermen. we went to a clam bake with conservative activists trying to rally the base. she met with the new senate from new hampshire at a breakfast this morning before going to the airport. those are the things that make you say, well maybe there's something to this presidential run. >> we shall see. jay newton small of time mass and seana thomas. palin's pizza summit with donald trump got the attention of the late night funnies. thom. palin's pizza summit with donald trump got the attention of the late night funnieh thoma. palin's pizza summit with donald trump got the attention
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tour ark slice of pizza and a racy photo scandal all have in common? if they involve sarah palin, donald trump, anthony wiener they are prime material for late night comedians. here's a look at the best of late night jokes. a roundup from this week. >> speaking of second place, sarah palin. the former half governor shook up the presidential race this weekend launching her one nation bus tour visiting our nation's historic sites. and of course, the lame stream media ambushed palin wi goch cha questions with where are you going and why are you doing in? >> we don't actually know where palin is heading. she just won't say. >> she's in the bus wrapped in the constitution signed by sara palin. how do you not know where she's going? this is a bus bret mike else said quote, was a bit much. >> the first thing that pops up
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is this donate button. won't you help sarah palin learn the basic facts about u.s. history for just pennies a day. >> here's a weird pairing. sara palin had dinner with donald trump. she walked in the restaurant, took aim and shot the rodent off his head. >> i'll forgive you the selection. i apologize. let's just go to the content of your meeting and then -- sob of a [ bleep ]. and you stack your slices, donald? you piece of [ bleep ]. maybe all those years, all those years of making your hairdo whatever it is that it does, you think you can go around lay yerg any [ bleep ] thing you want to layer. no disrespect. i apologize. let's continue with the meeting. are you eating it with a fork? oh [ bleep ], no. you've got the balls to eat
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pizza with a fork. based on how you eat pete sark donald, i want to see you long form birth certificate. i don't think you were really born in new york. >> congressman wiener's twitter account was hacked allegedly. and someone texted a picture of his junior senator to a college girl. >> he told wolf blitzer it doesn't look familiar. that's something you're familiar with. i'm so familiar with mine, if i described it to a police sketch arrest it would be arrested within minutes. >> and -- and tweet. i think i've been hacked. there you have it the funnies get the last word for the week. thanks

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